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Local Writers
Dec 6, 2014

A picture is but a single moment, a frozen second of a story.  If you know the context for the moment—who those pictured are, where they have come from, what they are moving toward—then it is part of a larger story.  But if all you have is that picture and nothing more, then it is up to you to create the story it belongs in.  For a starter, find a picture you know nothing about and invent the details around it.

Local Writers
Nov 29, 2014

According to author Brian Kiteley, the exercises in The 3 a.m. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction "are stretching exercises, warm-ups, and experiments in form and style that allow you to test the various possibilities of the craft of fiction."

Nov 13, 2014

This fall, Johnson County Library has been looking at race: stereotypes, self-awareness, and what it means to look beyond the surface. We’ve invited you to tell us how you have been affected by race. Justin Carter, in the following essay, shares his experience. As a suburban white woman, it’s easy to subconsciously, or otherwise, believe that issues of race don’t happen in my community, my city, or even my state. My country, sure, but that’s Missouri. That’s the other United States.

Local Writers
Nov 13, 2014

Jack Heffron, in the introduction to The Writer's Idea Book, says "Writing is an act of hope". Here's hoping this prompt from the Chapter 5 gets you writing today.

Nov 13, 2014

Is it time to write your story? If, like many, you are in the midst of NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month - November!), you may well be on your way to writing your story. But for some of us, I suspect November has dribbled away and we haven’t even begun.

Don’t worry. We are here to help. And there’s still time to get started. Anytime is the perfect time to cuddle up with a pen and notebook.

Nov 13, 2014

Second in the Walter Day series, The Black Country finds Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad called to a small mining town to investigate the disappearance of a child and hi

Sep 30, 2014

This fall, Johnson County Library is addressing difficult questions about stereotypes, self-awareness, and what it means to look beyond the surface. We want to hear about your experience! In 700 words or less, tell us how you have been affected by race.

Share your writing skills and shape the dialog surrounding race in Johnson County. The three to five best entries will be chosen by Library staff and featured right here on the Library website. Submit your entry today.

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Jan 15, 2014

You often hear that books transport you to different times and places, that through them you travel to magical, far off lands. And while that’s true, different books succeed to different degrees. In StarCrossed, Elizabeth C. Bunce has created a world that truly captured me and came alive each time I visited.